Lily Patterson, a fifth-grade student at Locust Fork Elementary School, has been named winner of the 2010 statewide Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest.
Lily was honored at the Feb. 11 Alabama State Board of Education meeting in Montgomery, where she was presented with an engraved state plaque and a national award certificate from the Department of Justice. Dr. Joseph Morton, state superintendent of education, read a resolution commending Lily for her efforts in highlighting the plight of missing children.
Her poster has been sent to Washington, D.C., to join those from other states for the national competition May 25 when posters will be displayed during the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony. The national winner will attend that ceremony and receive a U.S. savings bond.
Sonya Humber, Lily’s teacher and sponsor of the local program, says Lily’s poster was created as part of a fifth-grade language arts project in which she learned about the serious issue of missing children and how local, state, and federal authorities respond to such situations. She says Lily designed her poster and wrote an accompanying essay. Lily was chosen county winner when her poster was sent with 15 others from the school to the Blount County Board of Education for judging.
Lily is the daughter of Tom and Zondra Patterson of Locust Fork.